The Weakest Link

It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price

We’re living in the golden age of spyware and government hacking, with companies rushing to join a blossoming billion dollar market. The weakest among us—activists or journalists—will suffer the consequences if we don’t regulate it appropriately.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
State of Surveillance

Mauritania Releases Bodyguard Who Got Arrested After Spyware Deal Went Wrong

After 20 months of detention inside a Mauritanian military camp, Cristian Provvisionato is going back home.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

The Forgotten Prisoner of a Spyware Deal Gone Wrong

How bodyguard Cristian Provvisionato became collateral damage in the global digital weapons gold rush.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Federico Formica

Aziza Brahim's Music Explores the Western Sahara's Sad Legacy with Beautiful Songs

The Sahrawi singer discusses the process and motivations behind her new album 'Abbar el Hamada,' which addresses 40 years of Western Sahara occupation.
Zachary Lipez

Bored African President May Have Ordered Cup Final to the 63rd minute.

The Mauritanian president may have order a match to penalties in the 63rd minute because he was bored.
Brian Blickenstaff
Vice eats world

Welcome to VICE Eats World: Food Porn From Around the Globe

For our new column VICE Eats World, we asked our staff to submit photos of all of the food they encounter at every corner of the globe their roles take them to.
Munchies Staff

How Mohamedou Ould Slahi Became a Suspected Terrorist, Then a Best-Selling Author

His story, steeped in unknowable complexity and murky details, is perhaps the perfect parable of the post-9/11 era.
Peter Tinti

Russia Wasn't the Only Bad Guy at G20

Russia was the kid everyone picked on at this weekend's G20 in Brisbane, but there were other countries with similarly atrocious records that slipped through the conference unnoticed.
Lauren Gillin
You Need to Hear This

Noura Mint Seymali Is the Psych Blues Artist from Mauritania You Need to Know About

She comes from a lineage of musicians: Noura’s mother was Mauritania’s singer of her time and her father wrote the national anthem.
Zachary Lipez
VICE on HBO Extended

The Fat Farms of Mauritania

In Mauritania, a country crippled by food shortages, obesity is viewed as a sign of wealth and prestige in a woman. To attain Mauritanian standards of beauty, many women undergo the practice of 'gavage,' or "fattening up."
VICE Staff